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iGot a record setting campaign; anonymous donor gives $100,000
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With the help of Ogeechee Technical College board, foundation, and staff members, President Dawn Cartee, far left, reveals the final contribution total collected for the school's iGot fundraiser after a local family's $100,000 donation Thursday at the home of Joe and Beth Mathews. The $213, 558 was already a record amount collected. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff
    Ogeechee Technical College announced Thursday that their annual fund raising effort, iGot, raised $313,558 during a record setting campaign. Included in that total was a $100,000 gift by a family who chose to remain anonymous until they decide what special project or scholarship they would fund.
    OTC President Dawn Cartee announced the generous gift at the iGot victory celebration held east of Statesboro at OTC Vice President for Institutional Advancement Beth Mathews' house. Needless to say, Cartee was thrilled by the generosity of the family.
    "This is the largest single donation we've had to date," said Cartee. "We're going to be able to do so much for the students with this tremendous gift."
    iGot volunteers combed the community Tuesday seeking donations to benefit the Ogeechee Tech Foundation, which helps fill the gap between expenses and state funding and finances scholarships, adult literacy and equipment purchases. Mathews said not only did they collect more pledges than last year, but many individuals increased their pledge amount from a year ago.
    "I really feel like people in the community are real positive about OTC this year," said Mathews.
    The executive board set a lofty goal to raise $200,000 during this year's campaign, a full $25,000 more than last years goal and $10,000 more than last year's collections. Ogeechee Tech Foundation President Barry Westbrooks said the board felt like challenging the campaign team.
    "It was a pretty lofty goal, but our executive team thought we could do better than last year," said Westbrooks.
    Aside from the large donation, iGot raised $213,558 — more than $20,000 more than last year's total.
    "I'm taken aback. This is both amazing and humbling," said Cartee. "It speaks volumes about the support in the community."
    The faculty and staff set a goal this year to raise $17,000. With 100 percent of the faculty and staff participating — donating to the foundation — they raised $28,000 for the campaign.
    "It's nice when you work around people who love what they're doing enough to give back," said Cartee.
    All the foundation, board and staff members who helped put together the iGot campaign were thankful for the help they received from the community.
     "We appreciate all the volunteers and everything people did to help make our campaign a success," said Westbrooks.
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